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Project IGI 2: Covert Strike

Project IGI 2: Covert Strike

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Project IGI 2: Covert Strike is a sequel to the well-received tactical shooter Project I.G.I that was able to enhance every single element of the original, and provide to the gamers larger and more ambitious game that even included an online multiplayer component.

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Built on the enhanced version of the Joint Strike Fighter engine that was present in the original, the sequel Covert Strike moves the player to the more visually spectacular locations in Russia and the South China Sea, where a rogue military general tried to enact a plan to fire a take control over a deadly combo of EMP bomb and space-worthy rocket system.

Upon release on the market in early 2003, the worldwide media and players saw this title as a great improvement upon the original, citing better rendering performance, increased visual fidelity, better AI, more varied mission types, multiple paths to finish almost every missions, better narrative style, and inclusion of mid-mission savegame system which was completely absent from the first game. In addition to a singleplayer, Project IGI 2: Covert Strike game also introduced a limited multiplayer mode.

The entire singleplayer campaign is set across 19 large missions, with the presence of cutscenes before and after each of them. Open combat is not encouraged, forcing players to often first rely on stealth, subterfuge, and non-detection. The difficulty of the campaign can be set at the start of the game, which will impact not only the AI of the opponents but also the starting number of gear and ammo and a number of available mid-mission savegames.

To produce a more authentic product, developers from Innerloop Studios partnered with a famous Special Air Service operative Chris Ryan who served as a consultant on Project IGI 2 game. He provided valuable insights about the real-world mission structures, military procedures, and other aspects of his profession that developers incorporated into this project.


Same as in the original game, the main protagonist of I.G.I. 2: Covert Strike is David Jones, an agent of the Institute for Geotactical Intelligence and former British SAS operator. At the start of the game David was sent to retrieve stolen EMP chip from Russian mafia camp in Carpathian mountains, but during the events of this deployment, he uncovers a large conspiracy coming from inside his I.G.I. organization and sets on a mission to recover the EMP device before it can be used to destabilize the post-Cold War world and tips the balance of powers to the brink of World War III.

Main Features
  • Sequel to the well-received Project I.G.I from 2001.
  • A tactical first-person shooter set in a large open-world environment.
  • Over 30 authentic weapon and gear designs.
  • Branching missions that encourage discovery and sandbox gameplay.
  • Singleplayer campaign with 19 challenging and varied missions.
  • Enhanced enemy AI.
  • Multiplayer component.
  • Optimized for work on modern Windows OS (7, 8 and 10)
  • Modest system requirements.
System Requirements
  • Processor: 1 GHz
  • Memory: 128 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended)

  • Realistic Gameplay: It aims for a more realistic gaming experience compared to many other shooters, featuring realistic weapons and tactics. Players must be cautious and use strategy to complete missions.
  • Variety of Missions: The game offers a variety of mission types, including stealth, sniping, and assault missions, which keeps the gameplay fresh and engaging.
  • Large Levels: The game features large, open levels that encourage exploration and offer multiple ways to approach objectives. This can lead to a sense of freedom in how you tackle missions.
  • Good Graphics (for its time): When it was released in 2003, Project IGI 2 had decent graphics for its era, providing a visually appealing experience.
  • Cooperative Mode: The game includes a cooperative multiplayer mode, allowing players to team up with friends to complete missions together.
  • Poor AI: The enemy AI in the game is often criticized for being predictable and not very challenging, which can detract from the overall experience.
  • Limited Weapon Variety: While the game aims for realism, it offers a somewhat limited selection of weapons compared to more modern shooters.
  • Lack of Modern Features: The game lacks some of the modern gaming features and mechanics found in newer titles, such as regenerating health or a cover system.
  • Bugs and Technical Issues: Some players have reported encountering bugs and technical issues that can hinder gameplay or even make the game unplayable on certain systems.
  • No Modern Multiplayer: As the game is quite old, the multiplayer community has dwindled over the years, making it challenging to find active servers or players for online multiplayer matches.

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